Community E-Newsletter                             Mid April 2015
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Upcoming Events

14 - Barnes & Noble Book Fair Kick-Off
15 - UD DeStress Event, Rodney
18 - Christiana Barnes & Noble Reading Sessions, Meet & Greet
18 - Concord Barnes & Noble Reading Sessions
18 - Walk for Autism, 
Cape Henlopen
25 - Walk for Autism, 
25 - Nature Society, 
Spring into Nature
26 - Volunteer Recognition Event
26 -  PAWS 10th Anniversary Celebration 
26 - Jobs for DE Grads

1 -  UPenn DeStress Event
2 - NAMI Walk
2 - UD WestSide Fun Day
2/3 - Barnes & Nobel Wrapping
3 - Point to Point 

Click here for a list of all upcoming events & to sign up!

Open to PAWS members only
1st Visit Assistant Training
April 29
PAWS welcomes experienced team members to help newer teams familiarize themselves with the visiting process.

Thinking Outside the Box
2 Parts: May 13 & 27
Our Thinking Outside the Box program trains therapy companions to better understand dementia and Alzheimer's.

Click here  for full course descriptions and to register.

  Training with Sean
Open to the public
19 - Seminar: Pulling
12 - Target Training
26 -  Tricks of the Trade

3 - Target Training
3 - Personalized Dog Training: Pet-Therapy Style (6 wk course)
10 - Leash Reactivity
Click here    for detailed descriptions and to register.


Hero Dog Nominees

Help honor heroes on both ends of the leash by voting for your Hero Dog in the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. 

Vote once a day through May 15th to help determine the top three semi-finalists in each category.

Since Mr. Gibbs and Willing the Wonder Dog are nominated for different categories, you can vote for them both - click on the pictures to go to each voting page!
Willing the Wonder Dog Therapy Dog Nominee
Mr. Gibbs
Emerging Hero Award


Feedback Welcome!
Please contact Wendy with questions, feedback, suggestions, stories, and pictures.
Amazing Tails: Making Connections with PAWS
Caitlyn Martinez and Claude Monet, PAWS member Diane Crossan Lawler's Therapy Companion, at the UD Laboratory Preschool

Therapy Rabbit Brings Joy to Children
By Karie Simmons, Newark Post Online

"Claude Monet isn't your typical New Zealand white rabbit. He doesn't appear out of a magician's hat, live in Wonderland or magically fill Easter baskets with candy. No, Claude is special for a much different reason - he's a therapy rabbit." 

Read the rest of the fantastic article by clicking here!
RSVP for the Volunteer Recognition & 10th Anniversary Events Today!
Tomorrow is the deadline to RSVP for the Volunteer Recognition and 10th Anniversary Events.

Please come celebrate with us! RSVP now by clicking here.

Click on the name of the event for which you want more information: Volunteer Recognition Event

If you have not yet sent in a memory of PAWS for the 1oth Anniversary, please click here  and download the paw to print.
Book Fair to Benefit PAWS

Tonight is the kick-off of the Barnes & Noble Book Fair to support PAWS for People.

Download your voucher and join us at the Christiana Mall Store tonight from 6:00-9:00 PM. A part of all purchases with voucher (including the café) will be donated to PAWS for People. 

There will be cheesecake, therapy pets, and fun for everyone! Come out and find the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduations, Birthdays, etc.

Bring your friends and family!  See you there!

Rather shop on-line or want to learn about the Book Fair events on April 18th? Click here!

Click here to open a printable voucher.
Tidbit Corner: ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam
Sam Madden, Therapy Companion, at his eye exam last year

This event offers free eye exams with a veterinary ophthalmologist. for service animals and PAWS Therapy Companions qualify! On-line registration closes at the end of April for appointments to be scheduled in May. 
Though this event is free, it is limited by the number of vet ophthalmologists participating - so register ASAP if interested!

Click here for directions on how to register.  After you register, there will be information about how to contact a veterinary ophthalmologist near you to receive a specific appointment with that service provider.

Thanks to David Mullenix and Jen Madden who sent in information about this opportunity!
Video Spot
People Train Dogs, Cats Train People
PAWS Shining Stars: Cheryl Costello & Kira
Kira, PAWS Therapy Companion

A woman called the PAWS office recently and said that she and her family were at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday very stressed and upset because her mother was having back surgery and they weren't sure if she was going to pull through. Then they had a visit from Cheryl Costello and Kira and it totally turned their day around. Kira lifted their spirits and gave them just the comfort they needed at a difficult time. The woman wanted to extend her sincere thanks for Cheryl, Kira, and all that we do."

Announcement for PAWS Members

Because of the generous spirit of PAWS for People, and their excellent service to the human animal bond, White Feather Farm would like to extend an invitation to support those who support.

 As of April 2015, our farm offers complimentary services for both the human and canine partners that team up to work towards a better world.

In essence, animals just like other beings are intimately connected to the energy and emotions of others.  Being in that unseen field can be heavy over time, so come to the farm to unwind, and allow nature help you restore and let go.

Please visit our website, - we look forward to your visit!  - Diane Mayer

Get Your PAWS on a New Book

"Now you can read to support a good cause! Velvet Morning Press, along with the authors who contributed to its new release, Legacy: An Anthology, are donating all author proceeds from sales of the book to PAWS for People™ for its PAWS for Reading program!


Click here to check out the entire story and to learn more about Velvet Press! 

PAWS Partners